Siri Bug Found on iOS6 Devices, Found by Fueled Readers

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Siri bug allows location based searches in foreign countries.

Although previously thought not to be possible, you can do location based searches using Siri outside of the US.

It's a known fact that Siri cannot look for locations outside the USA. However, a Fueled follower was able to perform location search in India via a bug in Siri earlier this month.

How is this possible? It’s how you ask the question—the foreign location-based “hack” goes through sending a specially crafted query.

A normal speech query (“Show me some nearby restaurants”) will return an answer like “Sorry I can’t look for restaurants in India.” But what’s interesting is the result of a specially crafted search query “What is the distance between India and restaurants,” to which Siri’s response is “I found thirteen restaurants,” and brings up listings like we have here in the US.

As an important note, this was not performed on a jailbroken iPad. It is currently running iOS 6. What this implies is that Siri is very capable of performing location-based searches in India and other countries, but it is not doing that for some reason. Why not? What are the implications for overseas Siri users? Maybe we are going to see an update soon? This bug raises many questions for the future of Siri.

About Fueled:
Fueled is an iPhone app development and mobile design company in NYC. The Fueled team brings cutting-edge mobile apps and web design to our fantastic clients, from startups to big names. There are half a million apps in the app store. We strive to build the ones that people actually download and use—it's what makes us tick. We're all better when we're fueled. Follow us on Twitter @fueled, and check out our blog for the inside scoop on the New York tech scene: http://www.fueled.com/blog

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Contact: Claudia Ramirez
Fueled
516-233-4049
Claudia(at)Fueled(dot)com

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